Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence, that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Mario Andretti.
As with any new adventure, we start out full of excitement and exhilaration. But as we progress, we have a tendency to falling to the other end of the spectrum and often lose interest. When you begin your endeavor of meditation, it is important to remember that there will be times of frustration. Meditation is not a magic pill that, once swallowed, will come easily and effortlessly. It takes practice, patience and perseverance.
There are some common problems with mediation in the early stages:
- It is hard to focus.
In the beginning, you may have high expectations that meditation will magically transform your life and it will do so immediately. This is not the case, as meditation takes focus. When you find your mind constantly shifting gears and you are unable to sit quietly and focus on breathing, you need to regain control of that focus.
Sometimes picking a focal point in the center of the room or even a focal point that you have created will alleviate the problem of focus. Concentrating on your breathing will also help you gain control of your meditation experience.
- You are thinking too much.
If you are thinking too much about trying not to think too much, you will sabotage yourself. Try not to focus so much on getting clear and quiet. If you find you are straining the muscles in your forehead or intentionally trying to clear your mind, then you are trying too hard. Start with a slow progression of deep breaths, then tense and release various parts of your body. When it comes to meditation, too much effort can strain your results.
- There are too many distractions.
If you have not designated a quiet space for your mediation, chances are that you will not have a successful beginning. It is very important to have a set-aside room or sacred space for your meditation practice. If you have chosen a place with too many distractions or too much traffic, you have set yourself up for failure. In addition, it is imperative to tell your family members that you have a schedule and you intend to keep it.
- You may disregard your commitment.
In the beginning, when you are not quite seeing results you may have anticipated, it is easy to disregard your commitment. However, make it a point to stick to your commitment even if it means being accountable to a friend or family member. If you give up too soon, you will not reap the benefits to body, mind and spirit.
- You have difficulty with the breathing rhythm.
Sometimes individuals may breathe in too deeply and out too rapidly. The point is not to become hyperventilated, but to find a rhythm that works for you. Long, slow, deep inhalations with long, slow exhalations will work better than taking short breaths in and out. Once you get the feel for the rhythm, you will be well on your way to effective mediation practice.
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